Untreated hearing loss leads to increased visits to the emergency room.

Having to go to the ER cause you to miss work, and also personal pain. What if you could minimize ER trips and dramatically decrease your chances of anxiety, depression, and even dementia.

Surfacing research makes the case that, for those with severe hearing loss, using their hearing aid could be the difference between staying connected and healthy and winding up spending many evenings in the emergency room.

The Research

Participants between the ages of 65 and 85 participated in a University of Michigan study. Serious hearing loss was a common problem between them. But only 45% of the participants used their hearing aids on a regular basis.

This is on par with comparable studies which have found that only around 30% of people who have hearing aids actually use them.

Of the 585 people in the hearing aid group, 12 fewer people found themselves in the ER or non-elective hospital stay.

This might seem like a small number. But statistically, this is substantial.

And that’s not all. They also found that one day fewer, on average, was spent in the hospital for people who used their hearing aids. They were more likely to keep regular appointments with their doctors, which most likely reduced their time in ER.

How Can Hearing Aids Decrease The Need For ER Visits?

First for the obvious one. You would be less likely to need emergency care if you are paying attention to your health.

Also, individuals who wear their hearing aids remain more socially engaged. When a person is socially involved they are usually more committed to keeping keep their appointments and also have more support from friends and family getting to the doctor.

And driving is safer when you can hear, so you will have more confidence if you are getting yourself to your appointment.

One study conducted in the U.S. found that depression is two times as likely in people who don’t use their hearing aid. Depression can lead to a lack of self-care, which can lead to health problems.

The third thing is, several studies have found that using your hearing aid can reduce fall risk and cognitive decline. As a person begins to suffer from hearing impairment, the associated part of the brain starts to decline from disuse. The rest of the brain is eventually impacted. The disorientation related to falls and symptoms of dementia are often the outcome.

Falls are one of the leading causes of death among those over 65, and the resulting hospital stays last twice as long.

These are just a few of the reasons that hearing aids help reduce trips to the ER.

So Why is Wearing Hearing Aids Something That so Many People Avoid?

There’s really no good reason.

Some people don’t use them because they think that hearing aids make them look older than they are. 25% of people over 65 and 50% of people over 75 have hearing loss and yet this notion of looking old with hearing aids persists. Hearing loss is not uncommon. It happens to lots of people. And due to the rise in noise pollution and earbud usage, hearing loss is on the rise among people in their twenties.

It’s ironic that when someone is always asking people what they said it actually makes them appear older.

Cost is often mentioned as a worry. However, hearing aids have become more affordable in just the last few years, and there are financing options available.

Some individuals don’t like how hearing aids sound. This can typically be fixed by simply consulting your hearing specialist to find out how to more successfully use your hearing aid in different settings. Hearing aids sometimes need numerous fittings before they are just right.

Make an appointment with your hearing specialist so we can help you feel more comfortable wearing your hearing aids.

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